Hoppy's Musician Recommendations

Aiken, Clay

Aiken, Clay

Runner-up on American Idol 2. Better than the winner though. Clay has released two albums since finishing on Idol.

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Apple, Fiona

Apple, Fiona

Young songwriter Fiona Apple has a gift for words. She released her first album, Tidal, and followed it with When the Pawn... The studio so far has put off releasing her third album.

"I adore Fiona. She's a fantastic songwriter. Though I don't know if I'd ever want to see her live because she's pretty much... nuts. But, her music is really great. "

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Beatles, The

Beatles, The

Groundbreaking band from Liverpool, England. Consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

"So, everyone likes The Beatles, right? Yeah, it's cliched, but DUDE IT IS THE BEATLES. They were the most influential act of not only their time, but any time, and the music is still awesome today."

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Bowie, David

Bowie, David

David Bowie is a British rock musician and actor. He is commonly known as a chameleon of popular music, predicting trends and adjusting his style and persona, while holding on to his own ideas and creativity. He first rose to prominence with the heady, 1969 folk rock single "Space Oddity" but is perhaps best known for the flamboyant, androgynous glam rock of 1971's Hunky Dory and 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Subsequent albums have explored blue-eyed soul, electronica and new wave, often predating these genres' popularity or even the point at which they were defined as genres.

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Crow, Sheryl

Crow, Sheryl

Sheryl Crow started out as a teacher before releasing her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club. Her first single "All I Wanna Do" and she has been a success ever since.

"Sheryl Crow is someone who seems to get better with age. Each album seems to be better than the one before, and she even looks better the older she gets!"

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Elfman, Danny

Elfman, Danny

Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman is a pop musician, composer and writer of film soundtracks. His compositions are notable for their very offbeat and intense style. Elfman's most recognizable composition is probably the theme music to the animated television series The Simpsons.

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

A Scottish band comprising Alex, Nick, Paul and Bob, most well-known for their single Take Me Out, Franz Ferdinand have taken the UK and much of the world by storm with their first album, winning the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2004.

"So I was all, "Franz who?" at first. But once I actually got their album... aweeeeeeeesome."

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Garbage

Garbage

Garbage is made up of Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Steve Marker, and Duke Erikson. They have just released their fourth album, and ten years after releasing their debut they're still going strong.

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Mann, Aimee

Mann, Aimee

Originally part of the band 'Til Tuesday, Aimee launched a sucessful solo career and has currently released five albums, and also contributed to the Magnolia OST.

"One of the best songwriters out there, and such a pretty and soothing voice."

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McLachlan, Sarah

McLachlan, Sarah

Canadian singer/songrwiter who released her first album in 1989. Since then she has released six albums, two live CDs and two remix collections.

"Sarah is just a complete genius. One of the most hauntingly beautiful voices and her songwriting is perfection. One of my all-time favorite artists."

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Mraz, Jason

Mraz, Jason

Jason Mraz has been going strong since releasing his first album and recently released his second.

"Currently my FAVORITE artist. He's a great songwriter and just an all-around cool person with a great attitude and sense of humor. His live performances are absolutely astounding and so much fun. Seeing him live can turn any casual listener into a true-blue fan as the man's talent cannot be contained on a CD."

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No Doubt

No Doubt

Formed in Orange County, CA in 1987 by John Spence and Eric Stefani. Later that year Spence took his own life and Gwen Stefani became the lead singer. Eric left just as Tragic Kingdom was to be released. This successful band now includes Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young.

"This band is just too much fun. I find that popping in one of their CDs always perks me up."

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Oasis

Oasis

Liam Gallagher's band got a bit of a boost when his brother Noel joined and started writing all their songs. They released their first album in 1994 and remain one of the biggest bands in Britain.

"Gallagher brothers, YOU SO CRAZY. No seriously, they're kinda nuts. But, they make really great songs, so I can totally forgive them."

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Radiohead

Radiohead

Oxford-based quintet that released their first album in 1993 and rose to fame on the success of the single "Creep." They seemed destined to be a one hit wonder, but in 1997, they released OK Computer, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time. They are now thought of as one of the most innovative current rock bands.

"Okay, I'm not going to lie and say that I'm really deep and I actually understand half of Radiohead's music, because I totally don't. But, I really do like it. It's so haunting and beautiful and extremely original."

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Save Ferris

Save Ferris

Hailing from Orange County, California this ska band released two albums before splitting up in 2002.

"WHY DID YOU HAVE TO BREAK UP!? *cries* This is another band to listen to when you want to feel happy!"

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Shins, The

Shins, The

The Shins are a musical group comprising singer and guitarist James Russell Mercer, keyboardist/guitarist Martin Crandall, bassist Dave Hernandez, and drummer Jesse Sandoval. Their sound is commonly described as indie rock, drawing on several musical genres including pop (in the tradition of The Beach Boys), alternative, country, and folk.

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Stefani, Gwen

Stefani, Gwen

No Doubt front-woman who released her first solo album in 2004.

"Gwen makes everything a little bit cooler and interesting. She should bottle that and sell it."

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U2

U2

Formed in 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, U2 is still going strong with the same lineup they've had since releasing their first album, Boy, in 1980. They are currently The Biggest Band in the World (TM).

"Old sk00l U2 completely owns. New sk00l doesn't suck or anything, but holy crap, I love me some old sk00l."

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Wainwright, Rufus

Wainwright, Rufus

Singer, songwriter, and talented pianist Rufus Wainwright sings in a smooth, hypnotic voice over complex and often theatrical compositions.

"MY GAY BOYFRIEND! *sexes him against his will* His voice just does weird things to me. And in concert? It's perfect, clear and even better."

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Weezer

Weezer

Weezer is an American alternative rock band. Formed on February 14, 1992, they have released five full length albums, an EP, a DVD, and a two-disc set, deluxe remastered edition of their debut album with the addition of b-sides and imports. Their latest album, entitled Make Believe, was released on May 10, 2005.

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